2021 Short Film Competition

Pre-register Deadline: Jan. 15th

$25.00

Winner Receives:
$5,000 | industry circulation | additional development

The 4th Annual Film Pipeline Shorts Competition seeks remarkable directors and diverse, engaging content--the type of work defined by forward-thinking perspectives and unconventional yet universally appealing stories.

Film Pipeline has created a platform significantly different from the typical festival: selected entrants are given introductions to managers and agents for potential representation, one-on-one collaboration with Film Pipeline to develop or produce other scripts, and extended promotion of their film.

With over two decades of experience discovering new screenwriters, Pipeline has cultivated a dynamic, hands-on process of development and industry introductions for filmmakers. This allows both emerging and seasoned writers/directors to receive one-on-one assistance in all facets, from concept to circulation. And, most importantly, Pipeline spotlights and supports selected talent long-term with the intent of fostering their careers.

Winner and runner-up awarded:

  • $5,000 to winner; $1,000 to runner-up
  • Industry circulation to select partners, including agents and managers
  • Promotion of the short and the filmmakers’ future work
  • Additional review of other shorts or scripts, with circulation consideration
  • Financing opportunities for additional shorts
  • Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

- ABOUT FILM PIPELINE -

Launched in 2018, Film Pipeline searches for extraordinary directors, produced shorts, unproduced scripts, and other content from a growing field of talent worldwide. Filmmakers and writers discovered through Pipeline receive circulation assistance to agencies, managers, and executives on the lookout for the next wave of artists, with a sharp emphasis on diverse storytelling and stylistic originality. Unlike a traditional one-and-done festival, the company champions individual writers and directors, playing a central role in getting projects developed, produced, and promoted.

For 20 years, Script Pipeline has bridged the gap between up-and-coming writers and the industry through a unique, long-term, hands-on facilitation process. The result thus far has been $8 million in scripts sold to studios and networks since 1999, most recently the seven-figure sale of Script Pipeline finalist Bring Me Back to Legendary Entertainment. In total, across Film, Book, and Script Pipeline, approximately 25,000 pieces of creative material are reviewed annually, with over 2,000 entries submitted to Film Pipeline in 2020.

Learn more about Script Pipeline and Pipeline Media.

Grand Prize Winner - announced December 1st, 2021

  • $5,000

Runner-up (1) - announced December 1st, 2021

  • $1,000

Finalists (up to 10) - announced December 1st, 2021

The Grand Prize Winner, Runners-up, and Finalists all receive the following:

  • Industry circulation to select partners, including agents and managers
  • Promotion of the short and the filmmakers’ future work
  • Additional review of other shorts or scripts, with circulation consideration
  • Financing opportunities for additional shorts
  • Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

GUIDELINES

- Submission must be a standalone scripted short film or proof-of-concept. No limit on runtime, but the entry should be considered a "short."

- Any genre accepted, including non-narrative or experimental shorts. But must be for a scripted film. No documentaries, reality shows, trailers, or director's reels.

- If submitting a proof-of-concept intended to be a feature, entrants may also send supplemental info, such as a pitch, series outline, or full treatment of the story. Full screenplays are not accepted but may be submitted to Script Pipeline.

RULES

  • Films co-written or co-directed are allowed. Only one person on the filmmaking team needs to register, be it the writer, director, or producer.
  • Non-exclusive: it's fine if the film has been screened or entered into festivals prior to or after entry. There are no restrictions if there was prior distribution.
  • No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.

View complete rules and guidelines

 

Pipeline has cultivated relationships with over 200 production companies, managers, agents, directors, independent producers, and other executives over the past two decades, leading to more success stories annually than any other competition.

Some of the industry reviewing Pipeline material include:

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINE DATES?

Pre-Register: January 15th, 2021
Special Entry: February 15th, 2021
Early: May 31st, 2021
Regular: September 1st, 2021
Late: September 15th, 2021

DO YOU ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES?

Absolutely. Filmmakers worldwide are welcome to participate in this and any Film Pipeline, Script Pipeline, or Book Pipeline competition.

IF MY SHORT SCREENED AT A FEST, IS IT STILL ELIGIBLE?

Yes. As Film Pipeline is not a festival, we don’t have any restrictions on when and where the film was screened, or if it received distribution at any point.

WHAT KINDS OF SHORT FILMS DO YOU ACCEPT?

All genres accepted, including experimental work. The film can be a standalone short or a proof-of-concept with plans to expand into a feature or series. Only thing we don't review is documentary or reality content, nor will we accept director's reels or trailers.

CAN I SUBMIT A ROUGH CUT?

Rough cuts are fine to submit. Our criteria is primarily based on the storytelling, the premise, and the directing ability. If you do send a rough cut, please let our coordinator know after submitting so we can take that into account when judging.

CAN I SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS?

Yes, in fact we would encourage writers to include supplemental materials (synopsis, a director’s statement, etc.) along with the film. You can email those materials direct to our coordinator. There’s no formatting requirement for supplemental materials, but we’d prefer they be sent as a PDF.

DO I RETAIN THE RIGHTS TO MY FILM?

All rights remain with the entrant, regardless of the final contest results. For circulation, material isn’t sent to anyone outside of Film Pipeline without the filmmakers’ consent.

AM I ALLOWED TO SUBMIT AN UPDATED LINK TO THE FILM AFTER REGISTERING?

Yes, we’ll accept updated materials any time, at no extra fee. We would need to receive the film and all supplemental info by the contest’s final deadline.

Contact our contest coordinator with any other questions.

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2021 Short Film Competition

January 15th, 2021 - Pre-register Deadline

$25.00

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